Whether it’s a Douglas fir or Monterey pine, natural green or flocked, the Christmas tree is the iconic symbol of the holiday season. While some tree shoppers choose artificial trees made to look like the traditional evergreen conifers, others seek pre-cut trees hauled in from miles away and propped in the corner of an empty parking lot. For those Christmas tree purists in Orange County who want to hand pick the tree with the perfect spread of branches and ideal scent of pine, there are several Christmas tree farms within driving distance that bring the nostalgia of childhood back to the holiday season.
Mountain Pines Christmas Tree Farm
29932 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
The Christmas trees on this family owned and operated tree farm can’t get any fresher. Holiday revelers have a couple of options when it comes to choosing and cutting down a farm-grown tree. The Leyland cypress is one of the most sought-after Christmas trees with its arrangements of light and dark green branches. The Monterey pine is native to California and has long needles and a pleasant fragrance. Both are picture perfect for decorating and to place wrapped gifts under. The farm also sells pre-cut Oregon trees such as Douglas and Fraser firs.
Peltzer Pines Silverado Farm
7000 Santiago Canyon Road
Orange, CA 92869
Peltzer Pines owns more than 30 acres of trees over three properties in the Orange County area. The Silverado Farm services the Saddleback Valley and central Orange County. Farm employees will supply saws and twine and even cut the tree down for you and tie it onto your vehicle. Trees vary in size from five feet to more than nine feet tall. This year, the farm touts one of its largest ever crops of Monterey pines and Leyland cypress.
5392 Richfield Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Visiting Richfield Pines has been a holiday tradition for many families since 1977. This tree farm boasts 10 acres of beautiful and fragrant Monterey Pines. Tree shoppers are encouraged to park their cars and take a stroll through the forest of trees to find the perfect one for their home. This farm is the only Southern California Christmas tree grower with trees taller than 26 feet. Bring the kids, and they’ll each receive a free candy cane.
Chamberlain Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm
3436 Padua Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
This family owned and operated Claremont Christmas Tree Farm has been around for more than 80 years. The farm is open through Dec. 18 and is the place to choose and cut your own Leyland cypress or Monterey pine. No need to bring any equipment when you’re tree hunting on this farm. Staff will provide you with the saw and everything else you may need to bring home the perfect holiday centerpiece.
26852 Scott Road
Menifee, CA 92584
Wickerd Farm began as a homestead for the Wickerd family in 1904 and has remained in the family since then. Staffers will provide Christmas-tree shoppers with saws and even assist in cutting down the trees if requested. Once cut, the trees are taken to a special cleaning area where they are prepared for transport to their new homes.
Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.